CHAPTER THREE THE AWESOME GOD: HIS UNIQUENESS, CARE AND CONCERN FOR HIS PEOPLE
|God is to be praised for all He is for His people. The pagan gods can do nothing for their worshippers; they are being fed and carried by their worshippers. Our God is a living and powerful God who has more than enough to share to His own people. He is not selfish. He is generous, He is loving, He is merciful. He cares for His own more than any of our earthly parents could do no matter how rich and loving they are. His power is unlimited. Our study under the above topic will take us to some of these important things.|
The Uniqueness of The Awesome God: God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.
God Is Omnipotent: That is God has all power, He is the only, all-powerful God. His acts in history show He is the only all-powerful God. All power belongs to Him. He is the Chief Executive of the whole heaven and earth. He cannot be conquered. He cannot be captured, He cannot be overthrown.
Ø The Psalmist’s testimony: God has spoken once, twice I have heard this, that power belongs to God (Ps 62:11). No human being has absolute power, only God has it. Because God has absolute power:
– He can do all He wishes to do, nobody can query Him.
– But He does not abuse the use of His power. When He removed Saul as King and replaced him with David, nobody could oppose Him.
– There is nothing too hard for Him. Jeremiah 32:17 says:
“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You”. This was Jeremiah’s testimony about God’s omnipotence. He has power on all the creation. Every human power must submit to Him.
– God Himself testified to His Omnipotence: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”(Jer. 32:27). The answer is no, there is nothing good or hard that He cannot do.
– His Omnipotence effected Sarah’s child birth when it was passed the age of reproduction. At ninety, Sarah became the mother of Isaac.
– The power of the awesome and omnipotent God will turn our barren sisters to nursing mothers in Jesus name.
– Sarah exclaimed: “…God has made me laugh and all who hear will laugh with me” (Gen. 21:6).
– The sorrow of the barren among us will turn to laughter and joy in the power of the awesome and omnipotent God.
With God, nothing shall be impossible (Lk. 1:37). This was the angel Gabriel’s response to Virgin Mary when he brought the message of God’s favor to her, that as a virgin, she would conceive and bring forth God’s Son without sexual relationship with any man.
– The awesome and omnipotent God will do the impossible in your life in Jesus name.
– Your dry bone will come alive in Jesus name.
Some of us may want to ask, when did the Holy Spirit come to Mary to bring about the conception which the angel Gabriel announced (Lk. 1:35). Though, the Bible does not state when, this happened but we can assume that the thing happened immediately when Mary responded by faith and said: “…Behold the maidservant of the Lord, Let it be to me according to your word” (verse 38). Angel Gabriel said it, Mary believed it and that settled the whole thing. On the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, she (Elizabeth) being filled with the Holy Spirit said,: “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Ø Whenever you believe the spoken or written word of God, your problems will be solved in Jesus name. We can still go on and on studying the acts of God’s omnipotence, only believe, “all things are possible for those who believe”.
God Is Omnipresent: He is present everywhere, anywhere, anytime. Unlike the pagan gods that remain where they are positioned, the awesome God is everywhere. He is not limited to a particular place.
When the Samaritan woman told Jesus that they were to worship in a particular mountain and the Jews said it was in Jerusalem alone that people should worship God. The Lord replied her that the time was coming when not on the mountain or Jerusalem alone that true worshippers should worship God (John 4:20-24). Because God is omnipresent:
Ø He is everywhere in the world, not in Jerusalem alone.
Ø We can pray to Him anywhere, Jonah prayed in the belly of a big fish.
Ø We can praise Him anywhere.
Ø There is no way we can escape from Him (Ps. 139:1-12).
From this passage, we have the understanding:
– That the presence of the awesome God is everywhere
– That there is no where we can go from His presence
– That if even we go to the sky or heaven, God is there
– That if we go deep into the earth God is there.
– If you go into the darkest place on earth, you will get Him there because both the darkness and the light are alike to Him – Wonderful
– No way of escape for a sinner and the liar. God is everywhere.
– Wherever we travel to God is there if it is not a place of sinful attraction where we cannot guarantee God’s protection and abiding presence.
God Is Omniscient: The awesome God is all-knowing God. Ps. 139:1-6:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Every child of God should understand the God we serve. Unfortunately, some so-called children of God take Him with levity, thinking that God is like their forefathers’ fetish gods. Some believers are like Achan who thought all was well when (through covetousness) he took the accursed thing and hid it in his tent. But God who knows everything fetched him out, eventually he and his household paid dearly for the sin. The subject of God’s omniscience teaches us:
– That God knows everything including our thoughts (Compare Mark 2:5-12).
– That denial of any fact of a case does not free us from
– That we don’t have to tell lies in witnessing or confession
– That our acts and deeds cannot be concealed from Him.
– That God also knows the troubles we are passing through.
– That He is with us even in our times of trouble, “A present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
– That denying His omniscience could put us in danger – that was what happened to Achan. The sin of the head of a family can destroy the whole family (see Joshua 7:18-26). Our God knows all things, fear Him. The awesome God is the only Being who is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. No one else among human, lords and pagan gods. He is God and Lord of all.
His Care And Concern For His Own People
The history of God’s care for human beings can be traced back to the time of the creation:
Ø God had created all that man would ever need before He created man in His own image and likeness as recorded in Gen. 1.
Ø After the creation of man and woman, He placed them in the garden of Eden, a place of bliss and pleasure in other words it was a paradise (Gen. 2:15,16)
Ø There was nothing that man lacked at the original creation.
- It also appeared that God used to visit man in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8) All these show that God cares for human beings like no one else could do.
God’s Care And Concern On Israel The Chosen Nation
The care of the awesome God for His own people can be reflected in the history of Israel’s slavery in Egypt and their subsequent deliverance from the Egyptian captivity.
Israel’s Slavery Foretold (Gen. 15:13-16)
Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward, they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation, they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.
From the passage above, there are certain things for us to learn:
Ø The awesome God is an all-knowing God as we previously learned.
Ø There is nothing that would happen to God’s people if he does not allow it.
Ø God is a good planner, in all of His works and actions.
Ø He will not tempt us more than we are able to bear (I Cor. 10:13).
Ø Our awesome God will make way of escape for us in all our problems (I Cor. 10:13).
Ø God normally gives grace of repentance to sinners but if they do not repent, He will judge them. Compare Gen 15:16b:
…for the wickedness of the Amorite nations living here now will not be ready for punishment until then” (TLB). “And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Lk. 21:24).
Ø God determines when His own people will leave the world (Gen. 15:15).
Ø God knows when our problems shall be over.
The Deliverance Of Israel By The Awesome God (Exd. 3)
Abraham had died but God was still alive to fulfill His promise. He called Moses to deliver His people. Moses found himself unworthy but God promised to be with him. He encouraged Moses and backed him up. When Pharaoh was stubborn, God struck Egypt with ten plaques. God can go to any length when it is time for Him to fight for His own people. Our enemies are not a force for Him to be reckoned with. Let us see how the plaques happened one by one:
The Ten Plagues
Ø First Plague: Turning the waters in Egypt (including River Nile, I guess) into blood (Exd. 7:14-25). Pharaoh did not yield. His magicians’ performance encouraged him to harden his heart (verses 22,23).
Ø Second Plague: Frogs (Exd. 8:1-15). Frogs covered the whole land of Egypt. Pharaoh asked Moses to call to the Lord for him to remove the frogs, Moses did so, God heard but Pharaoh did not yield. He was a stubborn guy.
Ø Third Plague: Lice (Exd 8:16-19). Lice are very cruel, tiny insects in the hair and clothes. All these covered the land of Egypt as ordered by God through Moses. At this point, the magicians confessed to Pharaoh saying: “This is the finger of God” (verse 19). Yet, Pharaoh did not allow the people to go.
Ø Your enemies who trouble you will see the finger of God and be afraid of you in Jesus name.
Ø Fourth Plague: Flies (Exd. 8:20-32). Yet, Pharaoh would not allow the people to go finally he was proposing a comprise with Moses (verse 25) but Moses refused. So Pharaoh continued to harden his heart (verse 32).
Ø Fifth Plague: Disease On Beasts (Exd. 9:1-7). All the cattle of the Egyptians died but none of the cattle that belonged to Israel died (verses 6,7). Yet, the heart of Pharaoh was still hard, he would not allow the people to go.
Ø No destroyer shall destroy your possession in Jesus name.
Ø Sixth Plague: Boils On Men And Beasts (Exd. 9:8-12). The magicians could not stand before Moses because the boils were on the magicians also (verse 11). Yet, Pharaoh would not yield (verse 12).
Ø Seventh Plague: Hail (Exd. 9:13-35). Pharaoh told Moses to beg God for him. He said it is enough but he did not surrender (verses 27-28,35). Notice that there was no hail in Goshen where the children of Israel were (verse 26). Praise the Lord.
Ø Eight Plague: Locusts (Exd. 10:1-20). We all know that locusts are destructive insects. They can cause famine in a country if they shift their attention to a country. There were locusts in the whole land of Egypt. At this point, Pharaoh’s servants pleaded with Pharaoh to let the people go (verse 7). But Pharaoh still hardened his heart (verse 20).
Ø Ninth Plague: Darkness (Exd. 10:21-29). There was thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt for bad three days (verse 22,23). At this juncture, Pharaoh would allow Israel to go but they should leave their cattle behind (verse 24). Moses refused this comprise because they would use their cattle for sacrifice to the Lord (verse 26). Then, Pharaoh still hardened his heart (verse 27). We must learn a lesson from this.NOTICE: Verses 28,29 explain the exchange of words between Moses and Pharaoh. It was an unconscious prophecy, which came to pass at the end of the whole event.
Ø Tenth Plague: Death of Firstborn Announced (Exd. 11).
Death of Firstborn throughout Egypt (Exd. 12:29-33). There was great weeping and lamentation throughout the land of Egypt from the palace of Pharaoh to every house in Egypt. Then, Pharaoh forcibly released the people to go with all their cattle and children all of them. No firstborn died among the children of Israel.
Ø None of our family members will be involved in any calamity in Jesus mighty name.
Prophecy of Promise Fulfilled
God had told Abraham that by the time his descendants shall be released from the land of their captivity, they would leave with many possessions (Gen. 15:14). Now by the time they were leaving, it was with great possessions belonging to the Egyptians (Exd. 12:35,36).
Ø God’s good promise for your life shall materialize in Jesus name. Thus, the children of Israel left the land of Egypt. God fulfilled His promise. But Pharaoh was still obstinate. He planned to chase the Israelites. At the Red Sea, the children of Israel were afraid because Pharaoh and the Egyptians were chasing them and they were on this side of the Sea how would they cross now. The Red Sea was in front of them, Pharaoh and his army were coming behind. The Children of Israel were afraid but God was not, He was equal to the task. Moses called to the Lord and God encouraged Moses: “Moses said to the people, do not be afraid. Standstill and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall see again no more forever” (Exd. 14:13).
Ø You will not see your enemies that are coming behind you as from today in Jesus name. The LORD will fight for you in Jesus name.
Israel Crossed Over The Red Sea (Exd. 14:14-22)
The power of the awesome God dried the Red Sea and there was a super highway for Israel to pass and cross over.
Ø You will cross over your symbolic Red Sea in Jesus name.
The Egyptians followed Israel and perished in the Red Sea (Exd. 14:23-28). It was God Himself who fought the battle on behalf of His people. Pharaoh was tough but God was tougher, no one can withstand Him.
Israel Sang a Victory Song, Called the Song of Moses
Ø You will sing the song of victory over your battle in Jesus name. No human being could do what God did for the children of Israel. Having brought them out of Egypt and having crossed the Red Sea was just the beginning of the long journey, yet God did not leave them in their desert journey.
God’s Care For Israel In their Desert Journey
The children of Israel faced many challenges in their desert journey to the Promised Land but God was equal to the all challenges. We as Christians will also face challenges in our journey to the kingdom of heaven. We believe that God who undertook for the children of Israel will do the same thing for us, because we are His peculiar and special people in the world today according to 1 Pet. 2:9,10.
Let us itemize some of the challenges the children of Israel encountered in their desert journey as follow: Though the children of Israel appeared so ungrateful to God and Moses their leader yet, God was merciful to them but many of them died in the journey because of their unbelief and rebellion.
First challenge: Thirst (Exd. 15:22-27). At Marah, the water there was bitter but God through Moses sweetened the water and it was drinkable.
Ø God will turn your bitterness to sweetness in Jesus name
Ø Jehovah – Ropheka will heal your sickness in Jesus name.
Second Challenge: (Exd. 16) Hunger. In the wilderness of Sin, they complained of not having food. Moses cried to God and He fed them, they even had more than they needed.
Ø The awesome God will feed the hungry among us in Jesus name.
Third Challenge: Thirst Again (Exd. 17:1-7). At Massah, they were thirsty and God brought out water for them from the rock (verse 6).
God is able to meet our need anywhere any time, we only need to trust and obey Him.
Ø God will quench your thiCrst in Jesus name.
Another Challenge: Amalek waged war against Israel in Rephidim (Exd. 17:8-16). Through the power of God, Israel defeated Amalek who would not let Israel go to the Promised Land.
Ø God will defeat your symbolic Amalek in Jesus name.
In Exd. 17:11-13, What Joshua and Hur did here is a lesson for us on how we should be of help to our leaders in all their Church undertakings, considering that they are human being like us and we are all stakeholders. In short, with all the challenges, God took the children of Israel to the Promised Land according to His promise but many of the adults who left Egypt could not get to Promised Land because of their rebellion and unbelief, however, God took care of them throughout the forty years journey.
They ate Manna, the food which was prepared by no human being. They ate quails without setting any trap to catch them. God helped them to conquer all those who impeded their journey. They crossed the river Jordan, the walls of Jericho fell flat before them without using any human power. Balaam who was hired to curse them was blessing them instead: “Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed and I cannot reverse it” (Num. 23:20). From all we have studied, it is clear that God cares and has concern for His own people.
Ø Any ancestral curse on you is turned to blessing in Jesus name.
God’s Care For Christians (Matt. 6:25-34)
In the passage above, the Lord Jesus taught against anxiety because we have a God who cares for us. If God should care for fowls in the air and the small ants on the ground, how much more human beings whom He made in His own image and likeness.
About God’s care for us:
Ø The Lord Jesus taught that we should not worry, worry only kills.
Ø We should pray to God as our Father in heaven (Matt. 6:9-13).
Ø By worry we cannot add three feet to our height.
Ø God feeds the fowls and ants they have no storage facilities, they don’t have refrigerator, yet God feeds them.
Ø The beautiful flowers we admire have no beauty boutique; they do not have manufacturing factories, yet they continue to shine and blossom.
Ø God knows that we need material things they are just additions not the real substance.
Ø What we should put first is the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Ø Jesus taught that we are more valuable than many sparrows.
Ø He told us that our hairs are all numbered (Matt. 10:30).
Ø Our protection is guaranteed.
Ø We should make our requests known to God through prayer (Phil. 4:6,7).
Indeed, God has care and concern for us Christians, all we need to do is trust and obey Him. We should believe and trust that He is able to do what He promised he would do.
Some Lessons From This Study
1. From the study of the three ‘Omnis’, it is certain that our God has no equal.
2. Because our God has all power, there is nothing that He cannot do on our behalf.
3. We can be sure of God’s presence anywhere we are (if it is not a place to commit sin) so we are sure of His abiding presence.
4. We should not pretend to hide the truth of any matter because the God we serve knows all things.
5. Any hidden sin is an open sin before God, remember Achan (Joshua 7 and read Hebrews 4:13).
6. Because God is all powerful He does and can still do the impossible.
7. There is nothing that happens to us without the fore-knowledge of God.
8. God knows the challenges ahead of us and has already made adequate provision to meet the challenges.
9. God would not judge sinners when their sins are not yet ripe for His severe judgment (compare Gen. 15:16; Luke 21:24).
10. God who delivered Israel from Egyptian captivity is also ready to deliver His people from every kind of slavery.
11. As the children of Israel had challenges in their journey to the Promised Land, so also Christians will have challenges in our journey to heaven.
12. The first thing for us to put first in life is the kingdom of God; God will provide what we need (Matt. 6:32-34).
Write in few words your personal comments on this study and what is new to you in all the explanations: …………………………………….